According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Charlotte Hornets guard Malik Monk has been suspended for violating the NBA’s anti-drug policy.
Charlotte's Malik Monk has been suspended for violating anti-drug program and will continue until he is determined to be in compliance.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 26, 2020
The wording of Shams’ Tweet is a little hard to parse, but I take it to mean Monk will stay suspended until he is deemed back in compliance with the league’s anti-drug policy.
The harsh punishment implies that there’s something serious at play here. The league requires three positive tests before a player can be suspended for marijuana violations, and even then the punishment is only five games. Performance enhancing drugs merit a 25 game suspension.
So far we haven’t been given any elaboration on what the exact infraction is, and it’s unlikely we ever will. We saw Tyreke Evans receive a two year ban for what seems like a similar infraction, and we’ve yet to hear more details on that case.
This post will be updated if and when more information becomes available.